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Fiat Panda vs Citroen C1 vs Fiat 500

Hi,

We are about to buy my daughter a car: she turns seventeen this week so the usual insurance issues apply!

She has whittled down her choice between a Fiat 500, Fiat Panda and Citroen C1. There are small-engined versions of each. Has anyone got strong opinions about which she should go for?

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Hyundai i10 or Kia Picanto! Wink

I have 2 friends with Fiat 500s and both really like them.
I've driven quite a few hire 500s and Pandas and prefer the 500, even though the sensible choice would probably be the Panda, being pretty much the same car but more practical and cheaper IIRC.

They are getting rather long in the tooth now though and the second hand market is probably flooded with them having been popular both privately and on hire fleets.
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I've had both Panda and Citroen C1 (in sister design of a Pug 107).

Like both of them TBH.

Panda probably the more 'mature' of the two and the C1 a bit more 'yoof cred'.

Both cheap-as-chips to run, I'd think the C1 cheapest though.

Both can be group 2-3 insurance (on the 50 scale groups), do over 40mpg without thinking and consumables cheap - I changed front discs on a Panda and they cost about £25 Shocked ).

Can't comment on the Fiat 500 but definitely the 'coolest' of those one's and same platform as the Panda I think (certainly shared with Ford on last gen Ka).

Don't think any are bad cars at all so for me all boils down to 'best deal' or which is the one your daughter would choose herself if all similar?
  
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Bought my daughter a Fiat 500 Lounge. Brilliant car that is really easy to drive and is surprisingly roomy and well packaged. SWMBO loved it so much she also bought one.

Both cars have also been brilliantly reliable. Thumbs Up
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Zero NCAP stars for the Panda Sad
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^^^^^^^ Wow - didn't think the Panda scored that Shocked

That would impact your choice wouldn't it!!!!

Thought mine (circa 2008 model) had airbags and ABS, etc. and certainly never concerned by it. The Pug/C1/Aygo trio had all the necessary safety equipment if I remember rightly Confused
  
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LT wrote:
Zero NCAP stars for the Panda Sad
https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/industr...-ncap-test


Shocked

That's off the list then.
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Future dil bought a Fiat 500 just over a year ago, 14 plate and loves it.
Been out with her in a couple of times, quite liked it to be honest, even the boss liked it, that saying something.
Two issues, first one is quite common I believe, speedo reading very slow, your doing about 50 but it reads 20, replaced under warranty, passenger airbag fault, £108 to repair last week.
  
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LT wrote:
Zero NCAP stars for the Panda Sad
https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/industr...-ncap-test


That's awful.
Having had what could have been a very different result without curtain airbags, I got our 19yo another Clio, with curtain airbags.

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Thanks - some very useful info there Thumbs Up
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I had a Fiat 500 for bombing around town in. A great little car only let down by noise on the motorway and no air conditioning. Mine was a basic 1.2 pop.

Swapped it for a JCW. Rolling with laughter
  
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My nieces both got a Fiat 500 for Christmas 2017 and they love the look of them, but the eldest goes to uni in Birmingham and doesn't like motorway driving in it at all. Both the cars have been back and forward to the dealer with loads of little problems like electrical gremlins, bits of trim falling off and strangely both of them had the o/s/f/ door handles come loose but nothing major.

I bought my youngest a Kia Picanto when she passed her test and she loves it, it has auto lights, bluetooth for her music, alloy wheels, ac and has 5 seats. It has cost nearly next to nothing to run as it has a 7 year warranty, free road tax and the first 6 years have been covered with a service pack, the first 3 of those years was included by the Dealer. Apart from the servicing it has never been back into the garage for anything and it just past it's 6th birthday Thumbs Up
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Thanks, all.

We have just bought a C1 on a 62 plate: 7,200 miles and six main-dealer services in the book. It still has the 'new car' smell.
  
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